Buying the Best Cage
When deciding to get a pet bird, one of the first things you will need to do is buy a suitable cage.
All birds need a cage to call their home – somewhere they feel safe and can rest. Their cage will also contain their food, water, perches and toys.
Choosing the right bird cage to buy will help your bird to stay healthy and happy.
Remember that all pet birds require regular time outside of their cage to exercise and stretch their wings.
Choose a cage that is strong and sturdy. It should be able to protect your bird and also not be broken by the bird itself.
Choose a cage that won’t rust. Somerzby cages are made from Hammerite coated steel, meaning they will last many years.
Avoid round cages, as they can cause birds to feel stressed. A cage with corners can help birds feel more secure.
Round cages are also a risk as their feet or feathers can get trapped at the top point where all the bars meet. A dome-topped rectangle or square cage will provide extra room.
Choose a cage that will be easy to keep clean. Cages should have a slide-out metal tray on the bottom that is easy to pull out and clean off. Cover this tray in newspaper or something absorbent and change it regularly.
Having a second tray above the newspaper with metal bars will stop your bird from touching its waste or picking up food droppings from the dirty floor.
Having a cage with a seed skirt will also minimise mess around the cage.
A cage with outside access to food and water bowls will make them easy to change without risking your bird getting out.
If you have a larger bird, choose a cage with horizonal bars. This will allow your bird to climb and exercise.
Your bird’s cage must be a suitable size. Pet stores will often display birds in cages that are too small so don’t base your decision on that.
In general, the bigger the cage is, the happier your bird will be. However, it is not always possible for everyone to have the largest cage on the market.
Consider where it will be placed in your house and what sized cage you can fit. Try to avoid having your pet bird near a window, heater or the kitchen, as they can be sensitive to hot temperatures.
Also consider the size of your bird. Your cage should be two times as tall as your bird and two times as wide as your bird’s wingspan.
You don’t want your bird regularly hitting into the sides of the cage as this can injure them or cause them stress.
Look at the internal dimensions of your cage, not just the external dimensions. Also factor in how much space food and water bowls, perches and toys might take up.
If your bird has a long tail, it will need a tall cage so its feathers aren’t hitting the floor.
If you think you may buy a second bird at a later stage, buy a larger cage now to accommodate it and save you money in the long run.
Look at how far apart the bars of the cage are. If the bars are too far apart, your bird may get its head trapped between the bars and be injured.
Smaller birds may even escape – you will be surprised by the small spaces they can squeeze through! Bars too close together may cause birds to get their feet or feathers trapped.
Somerzby Bird Cages to Buy
The Somerzby Baxter bird cage is best suited for:
The Somerzby Buddy bird cage is best suited for:
The Somerzby Chloe bird cage is best suited for:
The Somerzby Maxwell XL aviary is best suited for:
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